With two of Melbourne’s main reservoir catchments situated just beyond the boundaries of the suburb, Lilydale has the opportunity to harness wastewater and convert it back into fresh drinking water. The suburb is also connected to Melbourne’s water supply network, which potentially allows Lilydale to pump the fresh drinking water back into the water system directly.
If the existing quarry and mine within Lilydale are to be decommissioned within the next five years, the space could become another water catchment area. With the strategic placement of laboratories and existing educational facilities nearby, Lilydale could become a science city specialising in water sensitivity. The buffer zone around the mine could also be a suitable site to set up a low-rise, high density housing typology to cater for the growing population as well.